ANTHONY BOHAN, M.D., J.D.
To the editor: Polymyalgia rheumatica has been defined as a syndrome of symmetrical pain in the proximal muscles of the limbs, with marked morning stiffness, that occurs in patients 55 years of age or older, with a sedimentation rate greater than 50 mm/h. As little as 10 mg/d of prednisone usually relieves symptoms within a week (1).
An association of this syndrome with giant cell arteritis has been noted, as well as with weight loss, fever, loss of vision, anemia, headaches, claudication, arteritis of large vessels, aortic aneurysm, neurologic manifestations, and liver involvement (2-4). To this list can be added
BOHAN A. Polymyalgia Rheumatica and Pericardial Effusion. Ann Intern Med. ;101:147. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-101-1-147_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1984;101(1):147.
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